2009 Big Tree in the Walbran

Thursday, August 20, 2009 (All day)
Photo Credit: 
TJ Watt

The most spectacular and diverse stands of ancient trees in Canada grow in the 13,000 hectare Walbran Valley, just a three hour drive from Victoria. The Walbran is located south of the Carmanah Valley, adjacent to the West Coast Trail. The 7500 hectare Upper Walbran Valley is unprotected, while the Lower Walbran Valley and part of the West Walbran Valley lies within the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. The Walbran contains perhaps the most geographically extensive stand of cathedral-like ancient redcedars, the Castle Grove – currently unprotected. Incredible stands of giant Sitka spruce fortunately lie within the protected part of the West Walbran Valley. Sprinkled throughout the valley like a rare spice are the occasional giant ancient Douglas firs. Logging by Teal Jones and Western Forest Products are heavily fragmenting the valley right now.